(Chelsea news) Mauricio Pochettino has a new Chelsea assignment due to Reece James’ injury and the $77 million transfer uncertainty

(Chelsea news) Mauricio Pochettino has a new Chelsea assignment due to Reece James' injury and the  million transfer uncertaintyMauricio Pochettino has problems at Chelsea that need solving. The Argentine has entered his first international break in charge with just four points coming from an opening set of games that looked friendly on paper. With injuries mounting, players unable to hit form and the foundation for his squad built on a young group of inexperienced and unproven players, there’s plenty for him to solve.CONTINUE READING>>>>>

“That is a process that you need to think a little bit about the… to give time,” he said when asked if the defeat to Nottingham Forest was a reminder of just where Chelsea are at. It’s been a consistent line spun by the club in the past 12 months throughout the huge troughs under Graham Potter despite a long contract and worsening working conditions.

With Pochettino, though, Chelsea really believe they have a man capable of bridging the gap between where they are and where they want to be. When asked about the issues that lay in-between the two stages for Pochettino, football.london US Audience writer Tom Coley had a clear answer.

“Goals have been a problem for however many years,” he told American radio stadion SiriusXM. “We’re looking to Tammy Abraham in 2019 for the last time someone got 15 and back to 2017 for the last time anyone got 20 and how much have they spent on attackers, my word you wouldn’t believe it.

“A lot of the chances have been half chances and Chelsea just don’t have anyone finishing it. Nicolas Jackson has one goal and looks really bright but is this guy going to get more than 15, it’s a big question. Then you’re asking Raheem Sterling to basically dribble in from the right-hand side and score like he did againt Luton every week. It’s really hard to see where that comes from.

“Noni Madueke, really exciting winger but he’s got one Premier League goal. Mykhailo Mudryk, he doesn’t look like he’s ready to be a Premier League player yet, no Premier League goals, he’s as raw as they come. Cole Palmer has started three Premier League games.

“There are no goals in this team at the moment, Enzo Fernandez in midfield doesn’t score, Moises Caicedo doesn’t score. When the chances do come there’s a lot of pressure on putting the ball in the net and Chelsea aren’t doing it and I don’t know how much of that can be Mauricio Pochettino’s fault.

“We’ve all seen the Jackson shot from inside the six-yard box, right. I don’t think any tactical change, Ben Chilwell playing anywhere would help Pochettino. You just can’t miss those chances. Chelsea don’t have that edge and that comes with being a young team, right.

“Mudryk has never had to break down a low block full of British players, Nottingham Forest’s six foot meatheads, has he? The same with Madueke, the same with Palmer. It’s a massive challenge and something that has been massively overlooked in the recruitment department.”

Mudryk is currently being sidelined whilst Ben Chilwell starts in an unorthodox role at left-midfield. It has lead many to question the tactics used by Pochettino with Mudryk struggling to find the form that lead Chelsea to spending £62million ($77m) on him in January.

His lack of gametime is a potential hinderance to the development that the club had hoped they would see in him and it has led to further competition mounting for a place in the attack, only proving to be an issue in an attack that has so far failed to gel.

“At Arsenal, Eddie Nketiah seems to score goals when it matters for Arsenal, Chelsea don’t have anyone scoring goals, let alone when it matters, ” Coley added. “That is something that I really don’t know how Pochettino changes it. At the end of the day he can set up systems that create chances with play but he can’t be there to put the ball in the net and the Chelsea players just aren’t doing it.

“That’s the age-old question isn’t it. Manchester United are still looking for their striker, Tottenham are going to do well to replace the goals of Harry Kane. Chelsea are six years down the line and they can’t do it.”

The issue for Pochettino comes with managing what is now the youngest team in the Premier League. Although the hope from the owners is to create a team full of hungry stars on incentivised contracts that go on to hit their peaks and shine at the club, that all takes time, growth and development that few at Stamford Bridge have been willing to show in the past.

Despite fielding an XI that had each of the club’s five oldest players in, the average age for the squad was still below 23, a reminder of just how much the group has to learn. Coley, when asked about whether it is now simple for teams to disrupt Chelsea, said: “This is not to discredit Nottingham Forest, if all they have to do to stop Chelsea is to put players in the box then fair play. Joe Worrall was the best defender on the pitch and Thiago Silva was playing, that’s how good they were.

“We saw it against West Ham, it’s too easy at the moment against Chelsea and it has been for a while to just pack out the defence, pile on the bodies and make them go down the line and make them cross it. We saw against Luton the opening goal from Raheem Sterling was a bit of genius, you won’t see many better individual goals. That’s it.

“Chelsea aren’t creating clear, clear chances and when they do they miss them. It’s not just to say it should be simple for Chelsea to do it but the good teams do. We saw Manchester City against Sheffield United, it took them so long to create the chance that [Erling] Haaland would finally score but it took them so long.

“They scored, they did the goal, they got down the line, found the space that seemingly wasn’t there. They did it, good teams do it. Arsenal did it for all of last season, Liverpool found a way a couple of years ago under [Jurgen] Klopp to cross it to the back post and it worked. Chelsea don’t have a way of doing it and again, it’s a big issue.

“I’ve said that so many times and it sort of sums up where they are. There’s a lot of unanswered questions right now and it’s just not 100% sure where the answers come from.”

The Blues do have a strong record metrics-wise this season and have the joint most clear chances created, tied with Brighton, Tottenham and Brentford, but have scored seven less goals than the Seagulls, six fewer than Spurs and two less than the Bees.

Reece James has been a player central to attacking output even from his position at right wing-back in recent years and is one of the key men missing for Pochettino early on in his first year at the helm. James has a littered fitness record across the past 24 months and fears are now building over just how the Blues can cope without him in the long run.

“This is a massive worry for Chelsea fans, it’s been a big worry since 2021 when he first got a long injury lay-off, him and [Ben] Chilwell got a long injury lay-off at the same time,” Coley explained. “That happened again last year but so far [this season] Chilwell has been fit but James is always missing periods of three or four weeks if Chelsea are lucky.

“He played less than 50% of games last season and he’s the club captain, it’s not enough and it’s a massive, massive worry because on his day he’s probably one of the best right-backs in the world, he’s probably Chelea’s best player.

“He’s still only 24-years-old but his body just isn’t there for him at the moment. People have questioned the injuries at Chelsea at the moment in general and whether it’s a coaching thing, a fitness team thing or if it’s just Reece James’ body and it’s one that Chelsea can only hope doesn’t become something more consistent further down the line because your best player cannot be someone who plays 50% of games.

“We’ve seen it with so many players, down the line it would be such a massive blow for Chelsea moving forward because they could have one of the best players in the world on their books but they could also have someone they can’t really bank on playing games and that’s such a huge issue.

“It’s not talked about enough really within the fanbase because they’re scared that this gem they’ve got might not be able to play the games that they need him to.”

Since his debut season in adult football with Wigan in 2018/19, where he made 44 starts in the Championship as a teenager and took the armband despite being on a loan, James has played over 2,000 minutes just once in the four full campaigns to come.CONTINUE READING>>>>>

Last year’s tally of just over 1,200 is the lowest yet as he struggled to get over lingering knee and hamstring troubles that had also marred the middle of the 2021/22 season. When James is fit he provides a different and unique outlet for his side, something that Pochettino will have been planning for upon his arrival, but in the absence of the England star, it’s just another issue to solve.

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